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Mokah | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz. bomber poured into big snifter glass:

Pitch black in appearance, with frothy tan head, about a finger thick, slowly dissipating to half-inch. Thin, bubbly lacing on the glass. Good retention.

Powerful nose of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some cream/vanilla. Aromas pack a punch. They are there upfront big time.

Notes of chocolate, coffee and chewy caramel dominate the tongue. Lower level of carbonation, overall a nice medium body. This is a smooth, creamy and easy drinking Imperial Stout, with a well-hidden high ABV. Goes well with dessert or after.


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Photo of ChimRichels
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An aggressive pour into a snifter yields almost one finger of finely textured tan head. Body is what would be expected... black. Lots of it, and not much else. Head dissipates pretty quick - standard for an 11.2 ABV.

S - Mocah, obviously, is quite prominent. It smells like a creamy hot chocolate.... except cold. Maybe more like a glass of whole milk with a bottle of Hershey syrup poured into it. Smells fantastic, although I have a feeling that this might be a bit too sweet for my taste.

T - Pretty much like the aroma - cappucino, chocolate syrup, and plenty of it. Not overly sweet, but polishing off this bomber by myself might be a bit much.

M - Super thick, like a milkshake. Very viscous and slick.

O - Really solid beer that has a unique flavor.

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Photo of teromous
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: It pours pitch black with no colors reflecting at the edge. There is maybe a half a finger of tan colored head that disappears into a thin film. No lacing on the glass.

S: I can smell the roasted barley and there is the slight smell of chocolate. The mocha scent is not as present...not absent, but just not very strong. The barley overpowers the nose of the beer.

T: Immediately I can taste the mocha flavor and some of the chocolate as well. It tastes a lot like a frozen mocha that you'd get from a coffee shop. The chocolate is not very strong but I can taste it. The end of the drink is very bitter, which is to be expected. My burps taste delicious. I can taste the alcohol in this beer after a few drinks.

M: It has a very milky mouthfeel. I had to check the bottle (Southern Tier posts their ingredients on the bottle, hooray!) and it has no lactose. Perhaps it's the Belgian chocolate? I do taste the alcohol but it doesn't seem to burn the mouth.

D: It is very easy to drink if you are used to bitter stouts or barleywines. The bitterness is not too strong but it is there. If you can sit down and drink a cup of coffee without thinking twice, this is the beer for you. It is mocha in every sense of the word. At 11% ABV it will knock you off your feet. I was originally going to give the beer a 4.5 for drinkability because of the slight alcohol flavor, until I looked at my bomber bottle and realized that it was nearly empty!!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row pale malt • 2-row barley • caramel, chocolate & black malts • roasted barley barley flakes • Jamaican roasted coffee • bittersweet Belgian chocolate • chinook, willamette, cascade & columbus hops.
11.2% abv • 221ºL • 27º plato, $8.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a medium tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is a little on the lower side. The aroma is heavenly...opening with a tonof vanilla (although it's not listed as an ingredient, it has to be in here), followed by milk chocolate syrup, and walnuts. The mouthfeel is syrupy with a thick chewy body and a chalky finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...a skillfully balanced blend of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and sweetness with just a touch of hoppy bitterness to balance it in the finish. The chocolate tastes more like Hersheys syrup, not like a a bittersweet Belgian chocolate as advertised on the bottle. The coffee flavor is subtle in comparison, and adds a touch of acidic mouthfeel. The alcohol is very subtle in flavor, but I can definitely feel it creep up on me with an empty stomach.

A very well made brew, but go into it knowing that it's a dessert beer and you may want to split the bomber with a friend.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/dark brown, with ruby highlights, topped by a dark beige three finger head qith good lacing.

Overpowering chocolate aroma, roughly like sniffing a bottle of Hershey's Dark Chocolate syrup. Ithink there is a coffee note lurking around the edge, but its fighting an uphill battle.

Taste starts chocolate, lets some coffee out to breathe, some nice bitter hops emerge from the coffee, and then at the finish its a big blast of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is decadent. Drinkability is dangerous.

Another champ from Southern Tier.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into goblet on 6/30/09. Shared with brewslut.

A - Extremely deep brown body, bordering black, with crimson hues around the edges and about a finger's width of creamy tan foam that settled into a patchy film and left very little lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is simply an amazing waft of ice cream-like chocolate goodness with just a hint of java. The roasty notes gain some momentum as the liquid warmed up, but the chocolate really dominates the aroma.

T - The chocolate presence definitely overshadows the coffee character in this brew. However, an earthy, roasty bitterness really emerges in the finish and comes to the forefront. Delicious!

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy with a fair amount of bristly carbonation and subtle warmth from the alcohol content. Finish is on the bitter side with lots of roasty notes and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Southern Tier does it again with an incredible Imperial Stout that's off the charts. I don't know how they do it, but virtually anything they put in a bomber is liquid gold, and this is no exception. While this is eerily reminiscent of Choklat, this is nevertheless a fabulous brew in its own right.

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Photo of etop8222
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great experience for the first time. Like my first girl, something I will remember. When I ordered this, it came to me in a goblet style glass. I could tell before I tasted it that it would be everything I expected. I could smell the rich coffee chocolate aroma.

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Photo of case4816
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks just like a glass of black coffee. Head very foamy, but small, totally dissappeared in my snifter.

S- Coffee comes foreward first, but the smell is dominated by a very rich cocoa scent. Also smells a little bitter from the hops, but also lots of barley smell.

T- Taste very close to the smell, only more coffee taste in the beginning. The chocolate is not sweet at all which is a nice surprize. The barley comes through on the end with a hint of bitterness and malty flavours; the hops also come through at the end with a perfect bitter finish. Only criticizm is that the alcohol comes through a little on the finish.

D- Very nice beer. Very drinkable but also very heavy in flavour. Viscosity is quite heavy which is very en

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Photo of JMD
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with rocky tan head that dissipates very slowly. Leaves heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Wow, the aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Sweet dark chocolate, fresh brewed expresso and toasted malt. Smells rich and decadent.

T: Same as the aroma. Big malty flavor, this one is sweet and delicious. Toasted malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, and big blasts of coffee. Finishes with a light hop bite. The depth of flavor to the beer is amazing.

M: Smooth and creamy, rich and syrupy. Very robust and full bodied

D: Mokah is another outstanding offering from Southern Tier. Amazing flavor and texture. The chocolate and coffee aroma practically burst out the bottle. The only drawback, is the sweetness and high ABV make this one a sipper.

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Photo of nodder
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Black as night with a thin light brown head. Some slight lacing left behind.

S- Dark chocolate and coffee, in that order. A very slight alcohol smell is present. A great smelling stout.

T- Very dark chocolate followed by very strong coffee. Quite bitter, but not in a bad way. Decent amount of booziness.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium to full body that coats your mouth. Alcohol is well hidden for the high ABV.

O- A great beer for what it is... A chocolate/coffee bomb.

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Photo of nickfl
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body with absolutely no light showing through. The foam settles down pretty quickly and leaves only light lace on the glass.

S - Slightly acrid roasted malt with a hint of coffee and sweet, rich chocolate. Medium caramel notes come out in the background with a hint of spicy molasses and perhaps some pine hops.

T - Sugary malt up front with notes of caramel and mild chocolate. Spicy hop notes appear in the middle with some herbal, chicory like coffee flavors. Finishes with sweet milk chocolate richness and some blacker roasted coffee character. Lingering acidic roasted notes with a hint of smoke and more of the spicy chicory flavor that appears earlier.

M - A thick, slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Big, sweet, thick and surprisingly well balanced considering the divergent points of the flavor compass that it hits. The aroma is somewhat subdued, with a subtle spicy chocolate note as its most prominent aspect. Nonetheless, while it may be a somewhat one dimensional aroma, being simply the aroma of chocolate, it is still enticing as it is the aroma of very good chocolate. The beer only really comes alive once it hits the tongue with a combination of rich, creamy chocolate and intriguingly spicy coffee that melds flawlessly. There is a lot of caramel in the background, which works nicely with the chocolate character and seems to highlight the chocolate's richness in particular. I an inclined to think that the national origin of the chocolate used in a beer would be of little consequence, but whether it is real or just a placebo effect, I can't help but think that the chocolate character in this beer has a smooth, buttery richness that I would normally associate with Belgian chocolates in particular. The coffee is quite interesting as well. I don't know if it is a varietal characteristic or something from the malt bill, but the coffee notes are unusually spicy and chicory like, which plays nicely off of the subtle pine hop character and acts as a contrast to the creamy thickness of the chocolate. I am usually of the opinion that chocolate and coffee are wasted in most stouts as they rarely achieve flavors that malt, if used skillfully, could not by itself, but this beer is a stunning exception. This is the best Southern Tier brew that I have tried thus far, and it is a unique and very well executed interpretation of the style.

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Photo of fgmiele
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours opaque black with little to no espresso froth colored foam. Mild to little carbonation. Smell is pronounced milk chocolate with some background notes of cacao/espresso. Does not smell like beer. Flavor is sweet, chocolate frothy malted milkshake at first with an intense bitter twang to finish. Smooth, not overall thick, yet clings to the cheeks like milk. Really delicious overall, ultimate nightcap.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thin finger of tan head that quickly dissolves down to a fine film. No real lacing. Looks solid if not particularly special.

Nose is huge. Massive chocolate malt along with roasted coffee, like the bottle advertises. Subtle dried fruit, maybe raisins in particular. Brown sugar. Very nice.

Flavor is likewise monstrous. That massive chocolate malt is up front. Up front notice that alcohol, but it fades fairly quickly as the beer warms (kind of opposite of what you'd expect). Roasted coffee malt in there, although it's fairly mild (and gets pretty dominated by the chocolate). Actually, overall, it legitimately tastes just like a mocha, which...makes sense.

Body is full. Carbonation is mild but this is a smooth beer.

First Southern Tier I've had in a long time, and I really enjoyed it. The mix of Jahva and Chocolat goes works really well - evening out the sweetness of the Chocolat. Tasty.

P St. Whole Foods/$9/22 oz

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After trying a bottle of Southern Tier Mokah and a bottle of Choklat, I am convinced that the Mokah tastes nearly of no coffee and is much more heavy on the chocolate, while the Choklat is a coffee bomb with only a little chocolate flovor.

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Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Tried on rec & was not disappointed. Only area wit some points off was the texture. I would have liked a bit more chew, but behind all the other pluses i remained a superlative treat. The aroma was really outstanding. A deep chocolate/coffee treat. The coffee takes over on the tongue & there is very little on the bitterness front. The 10.9% ABV will be the rstraining factoe. Otherwise I could roll with this guy all night long. Wish me luck.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was seriously amazing. As a big fan of most things that boast imperial and coffee, from the first sip until the last, I was in love with this beer. I think it is terribly under rated, especially because i had a Yeti afterward and felt the Southern Tier was the clear victor. Try this beer if you lov imperial coffee stouts. Dont try it if you dont...

To make my usual musical references, think of this as blue grass legend Earl Scruggs. It may be one of the very best of the genre, but I readily admit, it is not for everyone.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 40/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

HUGE chocolate milk presence attacks the taste buds instantly. Coffee notes stand predominant on the backend. After taste literally feels like I drink a coffee shop mocha. The only thing I can ever knock Southern Tier for is how incredibly 'sweet' there brews are. This one is masked a little better with the bitterness of the coffee than chocolaT. Nonetheless still has a very sweet taste. Would love to see it barrel aged. A bold stout worth seeking out~

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Capone's- served in a 9 oz Brandy Snifter.

A- Black as a moonless night in the woods- very thin head, that quickly became a ring of lace around the egde.

S- Wow- just like taking a whiff of Nestle Cocoa powder drink mix! I've never had a stout with such a forward smell of dark chocolate.

T- CHOCOLATE (what a suprise)- very forward cocoa flavor with just a hint of malt on the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body- slight silkiness. Good combo of fizz and flavor.

D- A perfect five here- I really like this brew, and would have it firmly on a "beer dinner" list, paired of course with dessert!

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Photo of bminor7
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from Hoosick St Beverage in Troy, NY, poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - wonderful brown foam leaves persistent lacing on the side of the glass. color is dark brown.

S - sweet, sweet chocolate. dark roasted malts. coffee may be in there but I can't detect it in the chocolate!

T - dark malts and chocolate upfront, then the bitterness from the hops and coffee show up. the flavor is amazing. though the coffee plays 2nd, if not 3rd fiddle to the chocolate, this is still one of the best 10 beers I have ever tasted. truly remarkable. I had to check the bottle incredulously to find that it's 11%. almost undetectable!

M - thin for a stout? nonetheless, pairs well with the abundance of accessible flavor.

D - aided by the thin mouthfeel, this is not necessarily a weakpoint. I finished the 22 oz easily alone, and wish I had another! southern tier continues to be one of the most impressive breweries on the east coast.

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Photo of timobkg
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. I've had this bottle cellared for a few months.

Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, with hints of coffee in the background.

The flavor is rich dark chocolate, backed by coffee. The coffee definitely takes a back seat to the chocolate, but the effect is a great mocha flavor. This is a sweet beer, and would pair great with dark chocolate or coffee deserts.

This is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden entirely, and the beer is incredibly smooth and creamy. Overall, a delicious brew.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Supremely creamy, the slightly sweet chocolate takes over at first then leading to strong coffee and a boozy finish. It’s like letting a strong chocolate rum ball melt in your mouth. Loads of caramel. Toasted, but not charred. Hints of raisin, too. The hops provide a necessary kick at the end.

Another delightful, and huge, beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Long813
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black body with no light shinning through. One finger of mocha head with some retention. Typical look for a heavy stout aged a bit.

S: Amazing aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. It smells like I'll be drinking melted chocolate. Very pleasing.

T: Big mix of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. The alcohol is still quite strong, coming through in the taste.

M: Thick bodied with low carbonation. Texture is oily and thick, what I would expect from a strong stout. After taste is of chocolate and coffee with a strong lingering alcohol finish.

O: Great chocolate beer. I've usually been impressed with ST beers and this is no different. Well made, but still a little to hot.

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Photo of Iluvink
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A pretty good dessert stout. Coffee isn't as strong as I thought it would be, but the chocolate comes through. I won't run to the store for another, but wouldn't pass it up if offered another.

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Photo of Kendo
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (half-growler from Westmere Beverage in Guilderland; full growler was $19.99, so this was about $10) into a pint glass. Body is black with a light-tan head. Some red hues when backlit. No lace.

S: Nice - chocolate from a foot away. Even more chocolatey when I put my nose into the glass. Real hard to find anything beyond that, but as it warms I get a bit of roasted barley malt underneath the chocolate.

T: Chocolate and coffee -- some roasted barley up front followed by chocolate and more chocolate. Coffee more noted as it warms. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness, which nicely cuts the chocolatey sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol heat is felt at the back end of the sip, provides a bit of drying, and then warmth in the belly.

M: Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate.

D: Off the charts for a beer of this strength, but still - a big body and notable alcohol will slow you down a bit, so no 5 here.

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Photo of texantiff
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: wow. What can smell better than a Hershey bar? That's exactly what this beer smells like. All chocolate.
M: even carbonation, not syrupy, very smooth.
T: the aroma of chocolate is heavier than the taste. Lots of mocha flavor, a sweetness that fades to a milky aftertaste.
A: very dark brown, little head of ivory color, red undertones
D: superb. Especially good on its own or with light foods so you can appreciate the chocolate!

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Mokah from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 2,307 ratings.
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